NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 Core 216: Competition for the 4870by Anand Lal Shimpi & Derek Wilson on September 16, 2008 12:00 AM EST
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While idle power is roughly the same as the GTX 260, load power does increase a little bit. Keep in mind that we did underclock an EVGA Superclocked Edition of this card for these tests. If EVGA set voltages higher on this part than they would on stock clocked hardware, we might be seeing an increase in power consumption due to this.
What we can say is that we think this is a good picture of worst case power consumption increase from a GTX 260 to a GTX 260 core 216. This is not a bad thing, as the GTX 260 core 216 does draw less power than the Radeon 4870 under load and at idle.